Claude Bartolone, the Chairman of the National Assembly of France, said that the French delegation would not come to Moscow to participate in the Russian-French inter-parliamentary commission. The head of the lower house of the French parliament made this decision in response to the publication of the Russian blacklist of the Europeans, which included Bruno Le Roux, the Chairman of the Socialist Party Faction, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Le Monde.
"The Government confirmed the ban for Bruno Le Roux, the Chairman of the Socialist Party Faction, to enter the Russian territory. In these circumstances, I see no other option but to cancel the participation of France in the forthcoming meeting of the Russian-French inter-parliamentary commission," Bartolone wrote in a letter to the Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin.
He also criticized the Russian authorities for the fact that the grounds for including Bruno Le Roux in the list were not announced, and moreover, the deputy learned about it only through the press.
In turn, Bruno Le Roux suggests that Russia imposed the sanctions against him after his faction had demanded to create a parliamentary commission to investigate the financing of the French National Front party by the Russian bank. Moreover, Le Roux spoke sharply against the Russian politics in Ukraine.
It should be recalled that the European politicians are proud to be included in the "blacklist" of the Kremlin, whatever the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov does. In particular, ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic said that he considered it rewarding, and was glad to be in such "club of honor." A MEP from Sweden regarded her presence in the sanctions list as proof of the fact that she did things right.